When people think of insects, they think of how to get rid of them, rarely about eating them. Eating bugs is fast becoming the new modern cuisine. Scientists and environmental experts are advocating eating insects as a way of conserving food supply.
Eating Insects to Help the Environment
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, due to overpopulation, very high and low temperatures and uneven rainfall, agriculture expects to fall 40% below the world’s required food supply by 2050. Due to this, farmers are farming bugs to feed livestock animals and humans. Doing this farming means less gas for farm equipment and less fertilizer that runs into rivers and streams. This improves the land, water, and air quality. Some people even use a bit of cricket flour in baking. The new Center for Environmental Sustainability Through Insect Farming hopes to find insects that can be utilized that are safe, sustainable, and nutritious.
Insects Could Be Your Next Nutritious Breakfast and Edible Cuisine
Do you ever look at the side of a milk carton and peruse the nutritional information? You may wonder how much protein and calcium your daily glass of milk provides. Have you ever thought about how many nutrients you could get with your “daily dose of bugs”? Insects digest their food much faster than livestock like cows. They contain high quality protein, vitamins, and amino acids. If the media and companies marketed edible bugs better, we could very well see a shift to accepting them more as food.
Would you like sauteed locusts? Imagine hearing those words at a global restaurant when you order dinner. You hear a version of that question at certain places in Africa as part of their cuisine. Termites and caterpillars are eaten in parts of Australia and Mexico. Military survival manuals recommend eating insects if food is scarce. In 1996, Lieutenant Scott O’ Grady survived by eating ants during a take down in Bosnia.
Various insects make their debut throughout the year, and these seasonal insects are in abundance. With the high nutritional value of insects, this change in cuisine may be the answer to solving some worldwide problems of malnutrition and overall human sustainability.
Overall, today’s scientists, food experts and agriculturalists are seeing insects as more than just pests. They are seen more and more as a potential food source and one of the keys to conserving the environment.
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